One of the wonderful things about working with heritage collections is that the word gets out that you love anything to do with heritage textiles. Because of this I am sometimes offered treasures that others no longer want. This box and its contents is one such case.
Inside the box is a collection of threads on wooden cotton reels.
Mercerised cottons, machine twists, and polyester threads, with colour names like: Orange Lily, Light Kingfisher, Sage, and Geranium.
The colours are fabulous, and as I looked at them and wondered about the woman who used these threads, I thought what a vibrant woman she must have been with such a dynamic selection of colours. Then I began to wonder what each colour thread had been used to make.
So I thought my precious darlings that once a week I would pick a reel of thread and find, or design the dress that I imagine would have been sewn with the thread.
The first colour is seemingly not a colour at all, but a neutral, ivory. For me these neutral shades have a subtle and classic beauty.
The dress I have chosen for ivory, is a 1955 Pierre Balmain dress that I believe is held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Isn't it dreamy?